There's not much blooming at the moment at the sanctuary: shadbush trees, the sweet-smelling Vibernum carlesii, bleeding hearts and a few native columbines (Aquilegia canadensis, much more hummer-friendly than the ornamental varieties). Most of the daffodils have faded, and the lilacs and a large crabapple are just about to flower.
Shadbush (Amelianchier arborea), also known as serviceberry, is quite prolific close to and on the bluff. At this time of year (when the shad run) it's clothed in white. In this movie I zoom out to show the western valley which is rapidly leafing out (already much more than shown here).
Vibernum carlesii (Korean Spice Vibernum). Today I saw Fred very briefly trying the flowers of this plant, but obviously not finding much nectar.
However I recently acquired (from B&G nursery in St James) a large blooming Salvia greggii, which I've placed, in its pot, on the edge of the bluff, and is getting quite a few visits, mostly from Fred. The Aesculus carnea gets lot of bees but so far no hummers.
However, the best place to find good (3 star) hummingbird plants on the island is, appropriately, lihummingbirdplants.com. They are conveniently located in Medford - take exit 63 (intersection with route 83) on the LIE. But they are only open by appointment, starting this coming saturday (may 16). Every plants they feature (with cool photos) is an excellent hummer plant! They also have an interesting collection of hummer-related gear. I'll write more about them in a future post.